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Our Interview with Urban Zakapa

December 23, 2012


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OH MY GOD! The interview is finally up! As you might remember, we did an interview with Urban Zakapa ages ago. We posted pics of us with them…and then poof! No more to hear from us about the interview. Ah! It’s been hectic with us having to fly back to Canada for a family emergency, and then us spending so much time with the studio development, but now, FINALLY, we’re ready to share our interview with Urban Zakapa!

So, we divided the interview up into a couple of sections. We want these interviews that we do with artists to be ways for us to promote their videos on YouTube, so we asked them some questions about their video, and then we break it up with their video, if you haven’t seen it, and then we go back to the interview. Kind of like, a real music show kind of thing, no? That’s something that we’d love to do in the future with our playlists. Have an artists come by, ask him some questions, they answer, introduce a video, show the video, come back, talk some more. That’s how TV was when I was growing up, and I kinda miss that!

Anyhow, enough babbling about our plans and the structure of this interview: we were really fortunate to be able to do this interview. Sometimes, interviews can have very stiff, pre-approved questions with rehearsed answers, but here we were able to ask whatever we wanted and were able to get really candid, sincere answers out of them. We found it all really interesting.

One thing we had difficulty in discussing was the idea of Kpop. We asked them first what they thought of being a popular K Indie band, and they said they weren’t Indie at all, and were very confused by our question. For them, it seemed, Indie in Korea means “small bands playing at bars in Hongdae.” For us, we think of Indie as short for Independent. Indie artists don’t have their songs or music made or planned for them in any way. We also feel like Kpop artists have a totally different marketing strategy than Indie artists. Indie artists seem more focused on marketing their songs and promoting their music, while Kpop artists seem oftentimes interested in marketing their image and promoting themselves. Kpop artists often seem like entertainers that happen to be very musically talented, but they’re also models and actors. Indie artists are people who just focus on music, their own music, and are better at making music than they are at selling it.

Of course, the line between Indie and Pop is very hazy. There are extremely popular Indie bands, like Busker Busker, for example, who are played more and sell more than most Kpop artists. But they still retain that sense of Indie for us, you know? I don’t know. Let us know what you think. The point is, we had this discussion with Urban Zakapa, and had to explain what we think of in terms of the divide between Kpop and K Indie, and so – in this interview – you’ll see some of their thoughts on it as well.

On a less serious note: Hyun Ah has a wickedly sexy voice. Like, holy freaking slaps, it’s awesome. The first thing we said to each other after the interview was “damn! Her voice was awesome!” She doesn’t even need to sing. She could just be a spoken word artist and she’d be great. Make her read audiobooks! Hell: we’d listen to her read a cookbook!

Anyhow, enough rambling. We want to promote Urban Zakapa’s music a bit here, so let’s get that out here now: Buy their music on iTunes or on YesAsia. It’s pretty, and definitely worth listening to. Or, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out their video for “All the Same”

Or, if you’d like an AUTOGRAPHED URBAN ZAKAPA ALBUM, we’re giving away three copies for you guise. Here’s what you gotta do to win:

On YouTube
1) Click this link to Subscribe to us on YouTube
2) Either in the comments to this post or our YouTube video, tell us what it is you like most about Urban Zakapa. We want to give these CDs away to people who will appreciate them the most, which we’ll try to gauge through your answers!
3) If you chose to leave your answer in the comments here, leave your YouTube username in the comment as well, so we can make sure you’re subscribed :D

On Twitter:
1) Click this link to Follow us on Twitter:
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On Facebook:
1) Click here to Like Our Page
2) Find the “Urban Zakapa” and like that post
3) Similar to the YouTube thread, in the comments to that contest thread, answer the same question.

We’ll pick three winners and announce them in our next K Crunch Indie Playlist, which won’t not be out until next year, since it’s the end of the year festivities. But it’ll be in early January for sure :D



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  1. Okay where was I when you guys did this, under a rock?! I adore Urban Zakapa and to know that you guys interviewed them OMG!! Let me just take a minute to faint…

    6 years ago
  2. For contest! :> I love how honest Urban Zakapa is with their music. They don’t create music just to impress others. Their music conveys their true feelings. It’s not about the look or appearance of themselves, but rather about the emotion they create in their songs that people can relate to. I’m subscribed on youtube! timbiriki007

    8 years ago
  3. Lol, I have the same problem at where the lines are drawn for Kpop, Kpop idols and indie. Specifically for groups like Epik High who at one point in time were indie and now seem to be Kpop and I am not sure if they can be considered idols. And can Kpop be indie? I mean I am pretty sure that Busker Busker is Kpop but are they really indie? So confusing.

    And before this interview I always considered indie to be those people not signed to major labels despite the genre of music they made so therefore you could be Kpop and indie at the same time.

    8 years ago
  4. You explained it far better than I could ever have done :). Thanks for enlightening me ^^.

    8 years ago
  5. Off-topic: I saw your shoutout on the livechat!! It flew past so fast but I saw it!! BWAHAHAHA

    8 years ago
  6. U, Urban Zakapa *O*

    omomomomo the sexy beard guy said like, only one sentence, but he is still my favourite member and when he finally said something I felt so happy and jittery inside~~~ XD

    So he loves his songs and never gets sick of them? That’s so sweeeeeet xD

    I love Urban Zakapa because they make consistently good music, to the point that I am 90% confident that their next release will be something that I’ll enjoy. It’s the same criteria for all the artists I like, actually. Music, music, music. Nothing else. But that’s why it’s so hard for me to like artists who sing songs written by other people – they can’t guarantee the quality, y’know?

    So I like Urban Zakapa because:
    – They compose their own songs
    – Their style of music suits my tastes
    – They have amazing voices.

    There’s other smaller things that make me like them a bit more, things such as the quality of their MVs which are generally all artsy-fartsy, or the fact that they’re a mixed group which is rare, or because sexy beard guy has a sexy beard, or because each of their voices are so unique and stand out on their own, or that they seem so lovely and down to earth – but all of that is secondary to the music.

    I’d like to sound smart and say how much I love their lyrics, but I don’t understand a word of Korean and I don’t have time to look them all up, so I can just say that I love the ‘mood’ or nuance of their songs. Soft and touching. Beautiful. Yeah.

    Btw, question for Simon and Martina – you didn’t tell us who asked which question, although it was obvious from their comments at the end that you did use our questions. I was just wondering if mine was asked, y’know? Maybe you could list the questioners in the blog post?
    I think you asked my question about why their latest album is so sad, but I’m not sure

    Anyway, thank you so much for doing this interview~!!! The editing was so beautiful, I loved the concert/gig clips at the beginning, and the old film effects, and also putting the MV in the middle like that. T’was wonderful :)

    my only complaint is I wanted to hear more from the SEXY BEARD GUY

    8 years ago
  7. They seem so down to earth! I’m glad this interview got to see the light of day lol

    8 years ago
  8. I do like the music video in between the interview. I’m one to just watch what you guys do and usually be like, “Ok, I’m done. I’m not gonna watch the video.” I honestly feel stupid for doing that, I should be looking at their music especially before watching Kpop Mondays. I also hope that next time the cameras aren’t as bad as they were in this interview.

    8 years ago
  9. The format for this interview was really neat, especially when they discussed the concepts they wanted to convey throughout the music video after watching the MV and compared it to my initial intrepretations. This was kinda like a brief VH1 Behind The Music special back when they actually talked about music. Thanks for sharing Simon and Martina!

    8 years ago
  10. AHH! I absolutely love Urban Zakapa and am so excited that you guys got the chance to interview them!! I even tweeted at you guys when you posted your pics with them…. The reason I love Urban Zakapa so much is because their music is so fluid and soothing. Like the song you mentioned in the interview “커피를 마시고”(Cafe Latte) the music fits well with so many moods and the lyrics match the rhythm.. For example in that song the lyrics are (KOREAN)”이렇게 오늘처럼 비오는 날엔, 우리 함께 즐겨 들었던 이 노래…Baby baby 그대는, Caramel macchiato”…(ENGLISH) “On a rainy day like today, together we listened to this song…Baby baby you’re like a caramel macchiato..” The lyrics totally fit the melody. LOOVE. I also like the organic feel they have not only in their songs but in their music videos. In both “이별을 건너다”(Don’t Make Me Cry) and “봄을 그리다”(One Spring Day) the videos seem like they are shot in one take and are up close and personal. Plus, even in their live performances they sound exactly like the recordings. Such a wonderful group.

    YOUTUBE: aimocoffee

    8 years ago